This week in Winning Post

It's Easter week, and you've got an extra day for contemplation ... of the form for Saturday's big meetings.

A bumper 112-page Winning Post will be out Thursday morning around Australia (Wednesday afternoon in selected Ballarat agents) with form for Thursday, Thursday night, Good Friday at Ascot and Launceston, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The main Easter action is in Sydney for the last Group 1s of the Randwick autumn: the weight-for-agers go head to head in the All-Aged Stakes and the two-year-olds duke it out in the Champagne Stakes.

Joel Marshall is tipping Loving Gaby to win the Champagne and his preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Thursday with full form guides for the Racing.com Park night meeting as well as the daytime action at Benalla and Newcastle plus fields, colours and tips for the other Thursday venues

Perth is again racing on Good Friday and the Ascot meeting is fiully covered in your Easter Winning Post, as is the brand-new night meeting at Launceston.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Oakbank in Adelaide and Doomben in Brisbane.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Warracknabeal (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW editon) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for three more TAB meetings including Stawell Cup day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs, with form for Sandown and fields for Oakbank, Kensington, Toowoomba and Muswellbrook.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 6, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

Winning Post costs $5.50 and is available Wednesday afternoon in selected Ballarat newsagents, the crack of dawn Thursday elsewhere.

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Inside Winning Post April 20 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Cranbourne (night), Werribee, Canberra
Saturday:
Caulfield, Hawkesbury, Morphetville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, bet365 Park Kyneton (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Dalby (Qld edition)
Sunday:
bet365 Geelong, Swan Hill, Tamworth, Hobart
Who should be the first date for Winx?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Caulfield Saturday - R8 N8 Plein Ciel 1st
Caulfield Saturday - R6 N2 Tell Me 8th
Caulfield Saturday - R7 N5 Kemono 4th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R5 N10 I'm a Princess 14th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R6 N4 Fortress Command 4th
Results
Letter of the Week

Just admit it

I see the narks and naysayers are out in force, on Twitter and elsewhere, after yet another magnificent performance to cap Winx’s storied career.
The idea that Winx’s connections “dodged” tough assignments is ridiculous. She beat the best Australasia had to offer in four Cox Plates, a feat never before achieved.
In three of those four Cox Plates she donkey-licked her opposition. In the other she held out a Weir runner with a 4¼-length gap to third.
As well as Australasia’s best, her victims in those races included future international star Highland Reel and several other northern-hemisphere Group 1 winners.
Admittedly, back in Tulloch’s day the Cox Plate was nowhere near Australia’s best race. But it is now.
If that was all she’d done, Winx would still have claims to be Australia’s greatest horse of the modern era. But then there are the other 29 wins of her streak, including 21 Group 1s to give her an all-time world record of 25.
By comparison, Makybe Diva won seven Group 1s. Yes, she won three Melbourne Cups but she was very generously handicapped in the third of those. 
And they never had to doctor the track for Winx — she was even more dominant in the slop than on top of the ground.
Black Caviar was never beaten but she won “only” 15 Group 1s and never raced beyond 1400 metres.
Kingston Town was an absolute star but his record doesn’t stack up to Winx’s either.
We can talk till we’re blue in the face about Carbine, Phar Lap and Tulloch but very few of us these days were around for any of those.
If you can’t agree that Winx is the best Australian horse of the period from 1970 on, you have got the blinkers on.

 

Bobby Webb
Campbells Creek (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: